Conference “Protect Your Freedom! Human Trafficking Enslaves”

  • Trafficking conference in Bacau

    Trafficking conference in Bacau Photo: Roxana Neagu

  • Trafficking conference in Bacau

    Trafficking conference in Bacau Photo: Roxana Neagu

  • Trafficking conference in Bacau

    Trafficking conference in Bacau Photo: Roxana Neagu

  • Trafficking conference in Bacau

    Trafficking conference in Bacau Photo: Roxana Neagu

On the 6th of May, the Embassy visited Bacau to participate in a conference about human trafficking. Around 300 high school students and teachers from the Moldova region participated in the conference which addressed several different aspects of the issue.

Human trafficking is a global problem that needs to be fought in every way possible. According to statistics, Romania is one of the biggest countries of origin within EU for people who are trafficked. The Romanian Authority ANTIP is doing a good job fighting the problem and Romania is, according to experts from the Council of Europe, moving in a positive direction regarding combatting trafficking and raising awareness. It is of utmost importance that we all do as much as we can to prevent the problem, for example by spreading information. The Embassy of Sweden was therefore happy to take part in the conference “Protect Your Freedom! Human Trafficking Enslaves” in Bacau, organized by the Romanian NGO Valoare Plus together with its Swedish partner organization Swedish Alliance Mission, as part of their Stay Free project.  The project consists of three stages: firstly, information about human trafficking is presented at high schools around the Moldova region and afterward volunteers are recruited. In the second stage, support groups are created together with school counselors and students at each school, and in the third stage, the groups are trained and equipped with informative material so that they can spread the information forward to younger students.

The conference was attended by guests from Sweden, USA, Romania and around 300 young people from different high schools in the Moldova Region. In her opening speech, Sweden’s Ambassador to Romania, Anneli Lindahl Kenny, talked about the role of education as the best tool to break the cycle of poverty and consequently prevent young people from being trafficked. The need for more cooperation between relevant actors was also emphasized. The conference covered several important themes related to trafficking, such as “Trafficking in people - a global phenomenon”, “How to Help a Victim of Human Trafficking” and “The Trap of Sexuality - Pornography and Sexually Transmitted Diseases”.